how do i fix my guitar?


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08-13-2005, 05:34 PM
i think my guitar's bridge is a little high thus my higher frets are really really hard to play. the picture will show what im talking about.

note how in the first pic, at 1st fret, it's very shallow
1st fret (

this is 7th fret anything beyond this is really hard to play since i have to press the string a really far distance.
7th fret (

this is 14th fret
14th fret (

this is the last fret i think 21st fret
21st fret (

this is the bridge
bridge (

notice how the distance between the string and the guitar gets bigger and bigger.

is it suppseo to be like this? how do i fix this?

should i try to sand down the bridge a little?

my guitar is cheap and well cheaply made. im not expecting to get a great one here, just need to be able to play the higher frets easier.

any help woudl be great, thx

edit: yyou can't hot link pictures here?

08-13-2005, 10:27 PM
If your guitar didnt cost that much, buy a new one....
I guess you could try sanding the bridge if your not so worried about it.

08-13-2005, 11:01 PM
probbaly cuz its a cheap guitar

08-13-2005, 11:22 PM
The guitar need a neck reset, but the easy "do it yourself" fix would be to file down the saddle a bit. Take the saddle out, and sand a tiny bit off the bottom. Then put it back in and see how much better it is. Keep doing this untill the action is low enough. You might be able to find detailed instruction if you google lowering the action on an acoustic, or lowering the saddle or something. I know taylor used to have really good instruction on their site too, but I can't be arsed to find them.

08-13-2005, 11:24 PM
...Wow, I have never seen anything like that before. That's just weird.
Yeah, go with what these guys said, get a different guitar. I doubt messing with the action would change that mess.

08-13-2005, 11:31 PM
how much does your average local shop charge for a neck-reset?

i think that my 1976 guild wants one (not needs yet).

08-13-2005, 11:34 PM
turn the guitar over on it's side and see if the neck is warped or out of place, if it is, then have the neck reset. I can't imagine that being the problem with a new guitar though, usually happens to guitars that have been kept in tune for WAY too long. If not, it's probably a problem with the bridge. I have a guitar with the exact same problem, I just play it with a slide. (Because buying a slide was a lot easier than getting the neck reset!)

08-13-2005, 11:40 PM
Originally posted by DarkHorse85
how much does your average local shop charge for a neck-reset?

i think that my 1976 guild wants one (not needs yet).

Neck resets on set neck guitars are a an all day job and tend to run $200 or more. For a bolt on neck it can be done yourself in a couple or hrs or you could pay a shop $80 or more to do it.

08-14-2005, 04:25 PM

Follow the link to learn how to set up your guitar. Any guiter can be made into a good playable instrument with a little TLC. It doesn't have to be an expensive branded guiter to play well.

08-14-2005, 10:43 PM
get the action lowered alot or get a new guitar and smash taht one